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Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park

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The Imperial War Museum North, one of a series of Imperial War Museums throughout the U.K., traces Britain's involvement in different conflicts from World War I through the present day. Items on display include the gun that shot the first British shell in World War I, as well as twisted steel rubble from the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York City. There are also 360-degree movies covering the topics featured at the museum.

Many past visitors said they were moved by the presentation of the artifacts and displays at the Imperial War Museum North and described the staff as knowledgeable. Several reviewers recommended taking time to admire the suitcase wall, which features old suitcases once used by soldiers.

The Imperial War Museum North, located on Trafford Wharf Road, is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. You can reach it via the MediaCityUK Metrolink tram stops. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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